How ToHow To Build A Folding Sawhorse – Quick and Easy

For the amateur or the professional woodworker, a good pair of sawhorses is an essential element to any project.  Steve Ramsey of Woodworking For Mere Mortals takes the simple task of making your own sawhorses one step further.   woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

The only real problem with basic sawhorses is they take up a lot of room in your shop or garage.  This simple folding sawhorse design from Steve is very easy, quick, and will solve the storage problem basic sawhorses cause.  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

The best part, you only need two 2x4x8’s to build each sawhorse (not including the shelf).     ​  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

Let’s get started!  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

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What You’ll Need

  • 2 – 2x4x8’s   woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • 1 – 1/2 inch 4×4 Sheet of Plywood  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • 2 1/2 inch Screws  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • 2 – 3 inch Strap Hinges (with screws)
  • 4 – 2 inch x 1/2 inch Dowels  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • Cordless Drill   woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • Miter Saw or Table Saw  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • Band Saw or Jigsaw  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes
  • Wood Glue  woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

1. Cut The 2x4x8’s 

Like I said earlier, you only need two 2x4x8’s for each sawhorse.  The best way to start is to cut all of your base material in the beginning.    woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

Sawhorse Base

2x4x8 number one…cut into 3 equal lengths at 31.5 inches.

2x4x8 number two…cut one piece at 31.5 inches, and one piece at 48 inches.

​The Shelf

The remaining section of 2x4x8 number two will need to be cut into four strips at 3/4 inches wide x 15 inches long.  Or, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of cutting a 2×4 into strips, just purchase a 1×2 strip and cut to length.   woodworking supplies woodworking tools woodworking classes

The shelf should be a 1/2 inch plywood rectangle at 13.5 inches x 27.5 inches.  ​

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